In the Lockwood Lab at the University of Vermont, we study the abiotic and biotic factors that create and maintain diversity, at multiple levels of biological organization. The biosphere can be a challenging place in which to live because physiological processes are perturbed by changes in the environment. But species have evolved to cope with environmental change. What are the coping mechanisms, and can they be modified further to keep pace with climate change? In the broader context of ecological communities, how might changes in the environment influence competitive interactions among species?